President starts formation of new government
President Alassane Ouattara has had a busy week. Last week sections of his armed forces rebelled over pay and conditions with the rebellion breaking out in a number of garrisons across the country. By Saturday a deal had been struck and the rebellion was calmed. On Monday the President dismissed the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces, the Superior Commander of the National Gendarmerie and the Director General of the National Police.
On Monday the president accepted the resignation of his government in line with the constitutional requirements after a general election. Yesterday (Tuesday 10th January), the president appointed Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan as Vice-President of the Republic. The new Prime Minister will be Amadou Gon Coulibaly.
The new prime minister has been asked to form a new Cabinet as soon as possible.